Healthy Halloween Candy Bars

Paleo Chocolate Sunbutter Bars

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These bars are deliciously decadent and actually good for you!

(Makes 10 servings)

Ingredients

For the Sunbutter Dough

  • 1 1/2 Cups sunbutter (sunflower seed butter)
  • 1/3 Cup coconut flour
  • 1 Cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 Cup coconut sugar (may use stevia or xylitol for diabetics)
  • 1/2 Tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 Tsp organic cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp vanilla
  • 1-3 Tbsp light coconut cream

For the Chocolate

  • 1-2 Cups 70% chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 Cup light coconut cream
  • 2 Tbsp raw cacao nibs (optional)

Instructions

For the Sunbutter Dough

  • Stir together all of the ingredients for the dough, except for the coconut cream. It should be fairly crumbly.
  • Add the coconut cream, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together to form a ball.
  • Press the dough into a parchment lined 8×8 glass baking dish and […]

Healthy Recipes to Celebrate Food Day!

Super Green Power Smoothie

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Serves 1

1 large handful roughly chopped spinach

1 frozen peeled banana, cut into several pieces

1 cup unsweetened coconut water

2 tablespoons almond butter

1 tablespoon flax oil

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until completely uniform in color and all the bits of green are pulverized. Serve immediately.

Raw Kale Avocado Salad

Serve this salad alone as a super food meal or with cooked quinoa.

Salad:

1 bunch curly kale, chopped (about 8 to 10 cups)

2 avocados, diced

1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for 6 to 8 hours

Dressing:

3 to 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 to 2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

Chop the kale into small pieces and add it to a large bowl. In a smaller, separate bowl whisk together the […]

Food Day is October 24th!

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Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October 24th, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.

October 24th is a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level. This year’s theme is “Toward a Greener Diet.”

Why Food Day?

The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year. Plus, a meat-heavy diet takes a terrible toll on the environment.  Eating Real can save your own health and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path.

The most important ingredient in Food Day […]

October is Breast Cancer Prevention Month

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Breast cancer is caused by hereditary factors and lifestyle.  Specifically, the primary causes of breast cancer are nutritional deficiencies, exposure to environmental toxicity, inflammation, and estrogen dominance and the resultant breakdown in genetic integrity and immune surveillance.   Eating whole and unprocessed foods can decrease inflammation in the body and reduce the chances of developing breast cancer. Also, synthetic hormone replacement therapy has been indicated as causing elevated estrogen levels that are correlated with increased chance of breast cancer.

Signs to watch for:

  • Changes in breast tissue – it is important to check your breast tissue to identify any thickening or lumps
  • Nipple discharge or nipple inversion
  • Dimpling or indentation of the breast tissue
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits
  • Redness of the breast tissue

Thermography

As naturopathic physicians at Rejuvena, we’d prefer to focus on breast health and ways to […]

Tips on How to Participate in National Women’s Day

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Wondering what to do to participate in this special day?  Here are some ideas:

  • Try a new workout or sport – how about a spin class in the pool or a fun Zumba class?  It’s always best to “change it up” for best results.
  • Get your thyroid checked – more common is a sluggish or hypothyroid functioning thyroid gland, but either way, this can negatively impact your concentration, mood, and weight.
  • Consume some “superfoods”!  Broccoli, kale, apples, turnips – and other healthy foods you can find at your local farmer’s market.
  • Ask a friend to workout – working out with a pal can help you stay motivated and lose more weight than going solo.
  • Take a short nap – grab a power nap for 20 minutes as research indicates that proper rest and sleep is beneficial for your […]

Women’s Health & Fitness Day – September 28th

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Women’s Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages.  This year’s event is set for Wednesday, September 28, 2016, and in future years, is always held on the last Wednesday in September.  This unique national program – with participation by local organizations throughout the U.S. – focuses attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women.

This year more than 500 groups across the country will host women’s health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses  of worship, and other community locations.  An estimated 50,000 to 75,000 women of all ages are expected to participate in the local activities.

We’ll be posting some specific suggestions […]

Gluten-free Upside-Down Apple Tartlet Recipe

You will love these scrumptious apple tartlets served warm from the oven and topped with a dollop of smooth coconut cream!
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Upside-Down Apple Tartlets
Ingredients
  • Crust
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla stevia
  • Filling
  • 6 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced, and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon  arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and place […]

Gluten-free Cranberry Coconut Power Bars

Cranberry Coconut Power Bars

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(Makes 25 bars)

Ingredients
  • 1 cup hemp seeds
  • ½ cup ground flax meal
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅔ cup coconut butter, melted
  • 1½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla stevia
  • ⅛ teaspoon celtic sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, pulse together hemp, flax, and cranberries
  2. Pulse in coconut butter, shredded coconut, salt and stevia
  3. Press mixture into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish
  4. Refrigerate for 2 hours until firm
  5. Serve

 

Source:

www.elanaspantry.com

National Celiac Disease Awareness Day – September 13th

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On September 13th we celebrate “National Celiac Disease Awareness Day” in honor of the doctor who identified a link between celiac disease and diet. Dr. Samuel Gee, a leader in celiac disease research, was born on Sept. 13, 1839.  A senate resolution calling for the commemoration gained unanimous approval on Aug. 3, 2010.  In marking the awareness day, the Senate “recognizes that all people of the United States should become more informed and aware of celiac disease,” the resolution stated.

Stay tuned as we’ll be posting a few of our favorite delicious gluten-free recipes this week!

 

Source:

http://www.beyondceliac.org/161/vobid–3693/

Photo source:

http://glutenfreehomemaker.com/you-have-a-disease-called-noassatol-actually-it-was-celiac-disease/

 

 

September is Healthy Aging Month!

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Healthy Aging Month is an annual observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older.  The mission of Healthy Aging Month is to encourage local level events that promote taking personal responsibility for one’s health – physically, socially, mentally or financially.

Watch for our upcoming blog on tips to staying healthy as we age!